I’ve gotten this question hundreds of times, because Sleep Training often gets a bad rap. And it’s a topic that often sparks strong opinions and emotions among parents. One common misconception about Sleep Training is that it equates to the “cry it out” method. In this blog post, I want to talk a little bit about this myth and give you a clear understanding of what Sleep Training truly involves, including a more gentle approach that can help both you and your baby through the process.
Understanding Sleep Training
Yes, it’s true that Sleep Training may involve a few tears. It’s natural for anyone, including babies, to express resistance or frustration when adjusting to new sleep habits. However, it’s crucial to understand that Sleep Training does not mean leaving your baby to cry it out without comfort and support. In fact, there are more gentle and compassionate methods that can ease your baby through the transition of learning to sleep independently while maintaining your active involvement.
A Variety of Gentle Methods
One of the advantages of working with a Sleep Sense Certified Expert is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. I have a variety of methods that can be used, depending on the specific needs of your baby and your family. We’ll work together to determine which method is the best fit for your unique circumstances. While “Cry It Out” is not a method I teach, some level of protest or crying can be expected when making changes to sleep habits, just as it happens with adults.
A Holistic Approach to Sleep Training
My approach to sleep training is holistic. It involves not only the development of independent sleep skills but also the creation of schedules, routines, ensuring proper feedings, and other important elements that set you up for success. Every aspect is tailored to your family’s needs, and I provide personalized support to help ease your baby through this transition.
The Role of Crying
The amount of crying that occurs during Sleep Training varies depending on your child’s personality, sleep debt, and level of overtiredness. It’s important to remember that crying is a symptom of fatigue, confusion, and frustration, and it may not always be preventable. However, I will guide you on how to support and reassure your baby as she learns to fall asleep independently. When done correctly, the amount of crying is typically minimal, and success can be achieved.
Short-Term Discomfort, Long-Term Benefits
The good news is that once babies learn how to fall asleep on their own, the crying gradually decreases and eventually disappears. The discomfort experienced during the transition is short-term, and the rewards for everyone in the family are substantial at the end of the journey. Quality sleep leads to happier, healthier families and well-rested babies.
All this to say… Sleep Training is not synonymous with the “cry it out” method, no matter what you might have heard. With the right approach and guidance from a professional Sleep Consultant (like me!) you can help your baby develop healthy sleep habits gently and compassionately. Want to find out more about my Sleep Training methods? Wondering how Sleep Training could help your family? Let’s chat!